Spring Mediterranean birdwatching weekend in the south of France

April Mediterranean
birdwatching weekend
in the coastal Corbières, south of France.

Friday 26th to Monday 29th April 2019

Tour code: BLKM2-19

Long weekend birdwatching to see coastal and inland Mediterranean species.

4 days / 3 nights  • Local expert guides • From 595€ per person • Group size 6 - 10

Discount available for any group of 6+ participants booking together.

This trip is developed in partnership with the Narbonnaise regional park.

Parc naturel régional de la Narbonnaise

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Spring migration & summer visitors...

A long-weekend discovering the amazing birdlife of the coastal and inland Corbières, south of France

Resident local guide Karline Martorell will introduce you to a wide variety of
Mediterranean bird species as we catch late spring migration,
arriving summer visitors and some interesting resident species. Our target species include:

Eagle owl, Bonelli's eagle, Black-eared wheatear, Sardinian warbler, Orphean warbler,

Subalpine warbler, Tawny pipit, Thekla lark, Hoopoe, Golden oriole, Bee-eater,

Roller, Woodchat shrike, Blue rock thrush, Rock thrush,

Flamingo, Slender-billed gull, and many more...

This trip is hosted at a delightful former wine estate the Embrésienne

where the charming hosts provide delicious food made with local produce.

Scroll down to below the map for the detailed itinerary!

Spring birdwatching weekend


Programme

Friday 26th April

Transfer from Carcassonne airport to accommodation at

L'Embrésienne


Welcome drinks & dinner


Evening outing to try and spot Eagle owl

Saturday 27th April

Leucate headland
Spring migration if the wind conditions are good:

Roller, Bee-eater, Honey buzzard, Osprey, Alpine swift, Red-rumped swallow, Yellow wagtail...

Leucate plateau
with its scrubby “garrigue”, vineyards and chalky cliffs.

Nesting birds: Tawny pipit, Black-eared wheatear, Hoopoe, Spotless starling, Sardinian warbler, Orphean warbler, Great spotted cuckoo, Woodchat shrike, ...

Picnic lunch at La Franqui where we will look for the Slender billed gulls, Black-winged stilt, Little tern + other gulls and shore birds.

La Palme lagoon
Nesting and migratory birds: Little tern, Avocet, Black-winged stilt, Purple heron, Cattle egret, Little and Great egret, Greater flamingo, Slender-billed gull

Return to our  accommodation via the La Palme plain to spot nesting birds: Short-toed lark, Stone curlew.

Sunday 28th April

Upland hills of the
Corbières Maritimes
.
Target species: as per the Leucate plateau, plus: Dartford and Subalpine warbler, Ortolan bunting, Thekla lark, Rock sparrow, Rock bunting, Crag martin, Short-toed eagle, Montagu’s harrier, Hen harrier, Bonelli’s eagle, Golden eagle, Rock thrush, Blue rock thrush...


There will be stops for a mid-morning coffee and to eat our picnic lunch.

Monday 29th April

Departure after breakfast

We will visit the medieval town of Lagrasse where you can choose to birdwatch, visit the abbey or just wander around the ancient streets!

Lunch in Lagrasse

Transfer to Carcassonne airport for departure.


"Enjoyed a fantastic 10-day trip earlier this summer to this region and saw some spectacular wildlife, including amazing views of Bee eaters, a first for me. Nicely close to some gorgeous estuaries, with plenty of arid mountainous scrub and coastline; not sure of the final 'list', but well into the hundreds! Also at the heart of Cathar country, so interesting to combine the rich wildlife experiences with visits to fabulous castles and other heritage sites of international repute. Awesome holiday!" C.Hasler (visited Feuilla late May - early June 2016)

What's included and what's not...

INCLUDED

  • Transfers from / to Carcassonne airport
  • High quality ensuite accommodation
  • 3 nights Dinner B&B and 2 packed-lunches
  • Pre-dinner drinks and wine with dinner
  • Expert local guides
  • English speaking tour leader

NOT INCLUDED

  1. Flights 
  2. Cancellation insurance
  3. Personal medical and repatriation insurance
  4. Drinks other than with meals
  5. Personal expenses
  6. Lunch on the last day

Pricing and enquiries

Spring Mediterranean
birdwatching weekend

  Friday 26th April to Monday 29th April 2018  

  Long weekend birdwatching to see coastal and inland Mediterranean species.  

  4 days / 3 nights • Local guides • From 595€ per person • Group size 6 - 12 • Tour code: BLPB1-18  

Tour leader: Philippa Benson

Like many Brits, I have a keen interest in nature and will never tire of learning about the amazing birds and wildlife of the Languedoc.

After living here for nearly 15 years, I now have a good working knowledge of where the best spots are for birds, flowers and other species and I enjoy sharing these with interested visitors.

My background in project management and hospitality combined with being fully bilingual are useful skills for organising and hosting tours, and I have a particular focus on customer service!